Dubai: The world famous tennis coach Bob Brett died in the early hours of Tuesday in Paris after a battle with cancer. Brett had been admitted to a clinic in Paris since late 2020 on suspicion of liver cancer that quickly spread to the other vital organs.
“At around 2 am he took his last breath in. 3pm, ”close friend and former UAE coach Mats Thyren told Gulf News. Brett, who had worked with Grand Slam champions such as Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic as well as the finalist of the French Open, Andrei Medvedev, received the Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award 2020 at the end of the season at the end of last year.
In a career spanning more than three and a half decades, the 67-year-old Australian, who had also worked with many national tennis federations, was unanimously chosen as the second winner of this award in the footsteps of compatriot Tony Roche.
The recipient of this award stands for excellence, leadership, respect and a true love for tennis and the art of training.
The award is named after the late Tim Gullikson and shows someone who has inspired generations of young players and coaching colleagues to develop the sport of tennis.
« It was one of the saddest days of my life. I am totally shocked when we try to cope with such a big loss, not only for ourselves personally but also for the entire tennis fraternity, ”Mats Thyren, former UAE tennis coach from Sweden, told Gulf News. “Bob taught his players how to live and how to hit a good forehand. He maintained positive relationships with each of his players even after their partnerships ended. «
Together with Thyren, Brett and the close coaching friend Stephane Oberer were frequent visitors to the United Arab Emirates after working with the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and held special tennis clinics for players of all ages and abilities. Known for his tedious counting practice that restarted when a player made a mistake, he opened an academy with his name in San Remo, Italy in 2002.
The Melbourne-born trainer had his greatest success as a full-time trainer for Becker from November 1987 to February 1991, shortly after the German won the Australian Open and became world no. 1 on 28. January 1991.
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